ROUND ROCK - Peter O'Brien homered and Corey Toups had 3 hits, but their efforts weren't enough in a 5-4, 11-inning defeat to Round Rock on Tuesday night at Dell Diamond.
After both teams missed scoring chances in the first 3 innings, Omaha grabbed a fortunate first run in the 4th. Peter O'Brien led off with a double, went to 3rd on a groundout, and with 2 out, Cam Gallagher's fly ball to right field was misread by Round Rock's Preston Beck, who allowed it to drop in for an RBI single, giving Omaha a 1-0 lead.
Round Rock turned it around in the bottom of the 5th inning. After Josh Staumont had navigated through 4 scoreless frames, Cesar Puello drew a leadoff walk, stole 2nd, and advanced to 3rd on a groundout. Drew Robinson singled to tie the game, Doug Bernier reached on an error by shortstop Ramon Torres, Travis Snider singled to load the bases, and Jared Hoying grounded into a forceout, which scored Robinson for a 2-1 Express advantage.
Staumont worked 5 innings, allowing 2 runs, 5 hits, and 3 walks. He struck out 7.
Round Rock starter Dillon Gee also pitched 5 frames. He was charged with 1 run on 7 hits, with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk.
The Chasers rallied to tie it in their next at-bat. Bubba Starling drew a 1-out walk, and with 2 away, Garin Cecchini also walked. Corey Toups followed with his 3rd hit of the night; the RBI single plated Starling and evened the game at 2.
Peter O'Brien launched a solo home run in the top of the 7th, marking his 2nd consecutive contest with a longball, and making it 3-2 Storm Chasers.
But the Chasers' bullpen couldn't hold it in the bottom of the inning. After Eric Stout (L, 0-1) retired the first 2 batters, Doug Bernier singled, Travis Snider walked, and Jared Hoying doubled both runners home. It was 4-3 Round Rock.
Omaha mounted a 2-out rally of their own in the top of the 8th. Following back-to-back groundouts, Corey Toups and Billy Burns drew walks, and Ramon Torres delivered an RBI single to center, drawing the Chasers level at 4-4.
Omaha missed multiple scoring opportunities throughout the night; they stranded 13 runners in the first 9 innings.
Matt Strahm and Kevin McCarthy combined to strike out the side in the bottom of the 8th inning, and McCarthy sent the game to extra frames with a scoreless 9th. Yender Caramo tossed a flawless bottom of the 10th.
But in the bottom of the 11th, the Express found the winning run against Caramo (L, 0-1). Preston Beck singled, Cesar Puello doubled him to 3rd, and following a strikeout and an intentional walk, Caramo uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Beck to score.
The Chasers continue the series in Round Rock tomorrow morning. RHP Jake Junis (0-0, 2.84) is expected to pitch for Omaha, while Round Rock will send RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-0, 1.86). First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 AM.
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